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Book review: Monty Don – The Complete Gardener
February 11, 2012

Complete GardenerComplete Gardener by Monty Don
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good book, I enjoyed it a lot. The first, more autobiographical part is great to read, the second part where many varieties of veggies, herbs and fruits are described in detail is useful as a reference. The only thing I didn’t like is that the author is very focused on British climate (I think the garden is in Herfordshire) and doesn’t offer alternative growing methods for colder climates. Anyway, it’s a useful book with great pictures and I learned a lot from it.

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Review: Andrea Bellamy – Sugar Snaps and Strawberries
June 19, 2011

Sugar Snaps and StrawberriesSugar Snaps and Strawberries by Andrea Bellamy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is a “How-to” for small-scale edible gardens, with small meaning anything from balcony to roof deck to tiny patio or allotment plot. Bellamy does a great job in giving basic information about soil, light, seeding, planting etc. Sometimes the information is more that just basic, most of the “info boxes” fall under that category. As far as I know, the information given is correct, but mostly nothing that you haven’t heard before. As somebody mentioned, the book is really similar to “Grow Great Grub”, down to the layout and format and heck, even the font type is the same! No offense, maybe Bellamy just had the bad luck of her book being published too late…

Anyway, I would have liked a bit more new and in depth information that is hard to find anywhere else, for example about designing small-space gardens, growing (pseudo-)grains and mushrooms (the two things that were really new to me) and – yes! – Bellamy’s very own garden.

Personally, I think the pictures are beautiful, but they are mainly macros that are decorative but often don’t deliver much additional ideas/inspiration or information (unless you don’t know what a particular plant looks like). What I really liked was the “Edible plants from A-Z” at the end, because it’s quite detailled.

Conclusion: This book is definitly a Beginners’ Guide and it’s really good for anyone who is totally new to gardening. More experienced gardeners will find only little new infos.